A friend of mine who does tabletop gaming asked me how Iaroslav would defend himself if attacked by a wizard. It made me laugh, so I drew it.

A friend of mine asked how Iaroslav would defend himself if attacked by a wizard inexplicably popping up in 1990s Ukraine. It made me laugh, so I drew it.


(White-out tape and pencil)

(White-out tape and pencil)


Excuse the cussin', it needed it.


(My name is John the Gun.)


Bohdan in traditional Ukrainian clothes

Because Yana needs a vacation already.

With appolgies to Herge. ;)

What Yana would wear if she could -- Hutsl shirt up top, Hip Western Fashion of the 1990s down below.


Yana in Afghanistan in 2006 as a rural dev NGO employee or refugee something or other, assuming she lives so long. Slava would FLIP, assuming he’s still alive too. (Valley of the Dragon photo by  Alessandro Monsutti.)

The trick, sez Yana of Arabia, is not getting hurt in the first place.

A silly little crossover -- Yana chillin' with Boxer from Animal Farm.

(Shake it off)

Yana as a cossack, cheerfully ignoring if her clothes are historically accurate.

This is what happens when you listen to "Amen" by Halestorm one too many times.

Bohdan and Perun.

See the bottom link in the Fanworks tab for details. :P

A reader put me up to this – Bohdan embracing the historical cossack aesthetic…aside from the t-shirt, that is. I apologize to y’all and your seared eyeballs. 

Can Yana look non-creepy in an old Soviet gasmask? Science doesn't know.

"Hades was embittered when it encountered Thee in the lower regions. It was embittered, for it was abolished. It was embittered, for it was mocked. It was embittered, for it was slain." Uh, Yana and her old man when she was about eight, at the Holy Saturday/Easter vigil. Since they start around 11 PM and end around 2 AM, kids often sleep through lots of it. Yana’s dad was on Pillow Duty and dozed off himself for a while.

“…He grabbed three golden apples 
And threw them high into the sky… 
…Three lightning bolts burst from the sky, 
The first struck at two young grooms, 
The second struck a horse in a stall, 
The third struck six hundred wedding guests, 
Not an eyewitness left 
Not even to say how they died.” 

(Lightning symbols from here.)

It's aliiiiive!

In Ukraine there's an old story about a compassionate spider who spun Christmas decorations for a desperately poor family.

Anastasia and Bohdan as the opposite sexes.

(Not a drawing, obvs, but relevant. From Unexpected Nation.)

(Poetry by Anne Carson)

Monk Punk, feat. a little shoutout to "Parker's Back."


It's funny 'cause she shot her.

With apologies to Bill Waterson.

What if SCW as a Studio Ghibli movie? Background from The Wind Rises.

Graphics for Chekhov, Iaroslav, and Yana.

I feel like Bohdan would like some American Revolutionary writings if they were available in Ukrainian. This is from “The American Crisis” by Thomas Paine.

Just for fun casting from someone who knows zip about movies.

Claire Foy as Yana,  Aaron Tveit as Bohdan, Richard Armitage as Iaroslav, Giovannie Espiritu as Matapang, and Gaia Weiss as Anastasia. I had ZERO luck finding a good Chekhov – any suggestions?

Surely not everyone was kung-fu fighting. I mean, it seems statistically improbable.


Yana as a "stalker" (still think "hunter" would be a better translation) from Roadside Picnic. You can see her as a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. stalker if you want – I left out the gun so it could go either way. (The book Zone … there’s no point in taking a gun there. *shivers*)

The characters might also've read it.

Tron Yana. Trona?

First attempt:

Second attempt:

Sooomebody's been watching Better Call Saul....

Slava at some state event like, a year before the fall of the USSR.

Page 329 in glorious Technicolor.

"How long, Lord, must I call for help,
    but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
    but you do not save?
 Why do you make me look at injustice?
    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
    there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
    and justice never prevails."

Fight fight fight!

Tasia for a limited color challenge. 

Yana has a system.


Who says Che is the only one who gets high-contrast portraits?

(Too much 90s Johnny Cash, hence unusually pensive Yana.)

I have no excuse for this.

Look me in the eye and tell me Yana wouldn't do slopestyle, given half a chance.

Iaroslav and his squire on the Potemkin Steps.

Matapang dresses better than you.

The golden-domed catherdral in Kiev.

Wurds by T. S. Elliot, pitchurs by me. Chekhov and Iaroslav in the Soviet-Afghan War.

Iaroslav's father as a young man, by request.

“Dark eyes, flaming eyes
They implore me into faraway lands
Where love reigns, where peace reigns
Where there is no suffering, where war is forbidden”

Iaroslav and Yana as animals because it made me laugh.

The great footwraps vs. socks debate rages on unabated. 

(Poetry courtesy of Robert Frost.)

The brothers Cemilev.

In Aghan fields the poppies blow

A parody of  this famous illustration.

He plays hockey whenever he can find the time.